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by Sky Alton
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 306
Views: 15327

Re: Quick Quotes

This week's prompt is...
An item on a resume

From Abhorsen by Garth Nix
and I also... was... a Second Assistant Librarian and a Daughter of the Clayr, though I don't expect you know what those titles mean. I'm not at all sure myself at the moment.
by Sky Alton
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Backpacking 'round the World
Topic: Week One – San Marino
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: Week One – San Marino

I’m loaning the museum a snow globe I picked up when I was in Iceland. It’s your average spun crystal dome, only the inside is a perfect representation of a house and garden correct to the minutest detail. The trees, birds and flowers in there appear to be living quite happily. The weather inside th...
by Sky Alton
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: Quill and Ink Overview
Replies: 1
Views: 739

Re: Quill and Ink Overview

A few minor edits regarding prompts have been made and the link to the new Prompt Index and Information thread added.
by Sky Alton
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: Prompts Index and Information
Replies: 0
Views: 20

Prompts Index and Information

Welcome to the prompts index. Here you’ll find links to previous prompts and wordcrawls, as well as a brief explanation of how each works. You can earn 20 beans for each prompt completed. To win the coveted Quill and Ink Award, you must complete 7 prompts over a particular school year. This can incl...
by Sky Alton
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gold Spirit Award 2018-19
Replies: 9
Views: 144

Gold Spirit Award 2018-19

Come one, come all and gather round to set out your hopes for HOL 2018-2019! The Gold Spirit Award was begun as part of HOL Appreciation Month. It’s designed to help motivate you to fulfil your own personal goals for the school year, however big or small, whatever they might be. Anyone is welcome, b...
by Sky Alton
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 306
Views: 15327

Re: Quick Quotes

And this week's prompt is....
Minutes from a Meeting

From Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers
We shall know what things are of overmastering importance when they have overmastered us
by Sky Alton
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Summer Reading Challenge 2018 - Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 168

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018 - Questions

One thing that I have noticed that hasn't been brought up are graphic novels or manga. Would these be acceptable as read books? Yes, graphic novels can absolutely count! :D While online fanfiction and the like doesn’t count, you’re free to mix it up with some re-reading, audio books or graphic nove...
by Sky Alton
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 306
Views: 15327

Re: Quick Quotes

This week's prompt is...

An error message on a computer
From Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
Warning: if a door says pull, there is absolutely no use in pushing
by Sky Alton
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Ask a Prefect
Topic: Ask a Prefect FAQ
Replies: 0
Views: 75

Ask a Prefect FAQ

Welcome to the Ask a Prefect FAQ! If you have a question, please read this thread first to check if there’s an answer below and also have a look back through the topics on the board in case someone else has already asked it. It is also always an excellent idea to read the New and Improved HOL Handbo...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Will Lestrange: I do not believe that Muggle communication influenced Wizarding communication; if anything, it was the other way around. Looking at our alphabet, for example, let us remember that it dates back to the days of the Romans under the name “Roman alphabet” or “Latin alphabet”. Keep in min...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Silas Hipolito Crist: There were many discussions about magical society writing systems and if they should be used; some were against, some for it. The main argument for magical writing systems was obviously that they were developed and ready for actual use. They were also used for some time by many...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Polaris Black: The Futhark, the written runic alphabet named for its first six letters, was developed by the Germanic people as far back as 200 CE. It is thought that Germanic warbands brought back the alphabet after raiding areas to the south. As languages changed and more Germanic groups adopted i...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Ivorie Windton: The evolution of modern wizarding communication has transformed over the years. What may have begun as simple spells the means of communication have advanced as spells and charms have been created and provide the users with a better, simpler way to communication. Though some written ...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Gail Allen: Written wizarding communication evolved largely alongside muggle written communication. The reason for this initially was of course that humans were less globally mobile which meant that any writing system that arose in a culture had to be understood by all those living there; including ...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Arianna Stonewater: The evolution of modern wizarding communication has about the same as Muggle communication. I imagine using the Muggle alphabets is easier for blending in, not to mention easier in general, so that the magic community can focus on other things. Both Wizards and muggles still lear...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 120

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Zen McGregor: I would like to briefly talk about Korean alphabet, the Hangul. It is considered to be one of the most efficient alphabets in the world and has garnered praise from language experts for its scientific design and excellence. It was created by King Sejong during the Choseon Dynasty (1393...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 120

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Will Lestrange: If one looks at a piece of Korean-language writing from a distance, at first glance it might seem just as unrecognizable as some of the other East Asian writing systems. But when one looks closer, patterns start to show up: the same symbol may appear several times in relatively short...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 120

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Silas Hipolito Crist: Abjad is a special writing system that has some very interesting facts; each symbol stands for consonant, which leave reader to fill in the appropriate vowel by themselves. But so-called impure abjads do represent vowels, either with optional diacritics, a limited number of dis...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 120

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Polaris Black: The Elder Futhark The Elder Futhark is one of three main forms of the futhark, the written alphabet developed by the Germanic people as early as far back as 200 CE. The elder futhark contains 24 runes, which are divided into three groups called eitts (meaning family). The three eitts ...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 120

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Kendra Givens: Looking into the history of the English alphabet, I’ve discovered that the Old English alphabet began with the Anglo-Saxon runic language, called futhorc, in the 5th century AD. It was a flexible language, starting with 26 letters when it hit England and ending with 33 letters by the ...

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